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Syria Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Feb 09, 2003

This Travel Warning is being issued to alert Americans to increased security concerns in Syria and to the fact that the Department of State has authorized the departure of dependents and non-emergency employees of the U.S. Embassy on a voluntary basis. Private American citizens currently in Syria should evaluate rigorously their own security situations and should consider departing.

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the increased risks of travel to Syria. As stated in the current Middle East and North Africa Update Public Announcement, Americans are reminded of the potential for further terrorist actions against U.S. citizens abroad, specifically in the Middle East.

On February 7, as a result of increased security concerns, the Department of State authorized the departure of dependents and non-emergency employees at the U.S. Embassy in Syria on a voluntary basis. U.S. consular personnel remain available to provide emergency information and services to American citizens.

U.S. citizens who remain in or travel to Syria despite this warning are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Damascus and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network) to obtain updated information on travel and security in Syria. Americans in Syria should exercise caution and take prudent measures to maintain their security. These measures include being vigilantly aware of their surroundings, avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low profile, varying times and routes for all required travel, and ensuring travel documents are current.

The U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria, is located at 2, Al-Mansour St., Abu Roumaneh. The international mailing address is P.O. Box 29, Damascus. Mail may also be sent via the U.S. Postal Service to: American Embassy Damascus, Department of State, Washington, DC 20521-6110. The Embassy telephone number is (963) (11) 333-1342, fax (963) (11) 331-9678, e-mail: Additional information may be found on the Embassy website at http://usembassy.state.gov/damascus

U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Syria, the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, and the Middle East and North Africa Public Announcement which are located on the Department's internet website at http://travel.state.gov.

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